Hong Kong International is the fourth busiest airport in Asia and a hub for Cathay Pacific. The airport welcomes aircraft from all of the world's inhabited continents, including a direct flight from Auckland.
The airport is split into two terminals. Terminal 1 is the bigger and more extensively used of the two. Its size is impressive to most travellers, and it was previously the largest terminal in the world (this title is now held by Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3). Terminal 2 is used predominantly by low-cost carriers.
When you return to the airport, be aware that if you travel on the Airport Express, you can check in at the train station (either at Hong Kong or Kowloon) to avoid queues at the airport.
Both terminals have dedicated shopping areas. Terminal 1 has SkyMart and Terminal 2 SkyPlaza. As a general rule, SkyMart has the better fashion and duty-free options, while those looking for electronics should head to SkyPlaza. Free shuttle buses connect the shopping centres with the terminals.
SkyMart is a traditional airport shopping centre, with many of the names you'd expect in such a facility. The airport also offers a money back guarantee, should you find any product cheaper in the downtown area.
SkyPlaza has a few extras to be aware of. The IMAX cinema lets you watch a film in 4D before checking in for your flight and the iSports section lets you play simulated games. For those who have an interest in flying a plane, the Aviation Discovery Centre has a simulated cockpit.
Getting to Hong Kong city centre
If time is of the essence, the best option for getting from the airport to the centre of Hong Kong is with the Airport Express. This takes less than half an hour and stops at Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Central stations.
Prices start at HK$60 for a single ticket, but go up the farther you travel. Free shuttle buses to hotels in Hong Kong are available for those who use the Airport Express.
Buses are available 24 hours a day, and although slightly slower than trains, they are a lot cheaper. There are three types of bus that leave from the airport terminal: A, E and S.
'A' buses are airbuses. These are the quickest and most direct, but also the most expensive (up to $HK40). 'E' stands for external, which take a slightly more convolutedroute and cost between HK$10 and HK$20. 'S' buses are shuttle services, and cost as little as HK$2.
One popular option is to take the S1 to Tung Chung station and then get the train to either Kowloon or Hong Kong. This is much cheaper than getting the Airport Express, and quicker than getting a bus the whole way.
Taxis are available as you exit the terminal, and are colour coded depending on your destination. A trip to Hong Kong is likely to be around HK$400-HK$450, while the fare to Kowloon will set you back HK$350-HK$400.
Car rental is unusual for travellers to Hong Kong, as there are no car hire facilities at the airport. It's possible to book ahead with one of the providers in the city, who will drive to the airport to deliver your car.
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